Archive for November, 2009

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Mission: Get Caitlin Excited To Come Visit (Day 5)

November 25, 2009

Hi all,

Caitlin’s bus arrives tomorrow evening, so today is my last day of preparatory food preparation! I went out with a bang, making three dishes today, with varying degrees of success. I’ll start with the best: Thanksgiving Stuffing!

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a nice serving of (vegan) stuffing! I used my favorite, go-to stuffing recipe, which has the benefit of being both super easy to prepare and super delicious. This is really putting me in the holiday spirit, and getting me excited for Friday’s belated Thanksgiving bash! Here’s a close up:

Today I also finished off my last batch of Coconut Creme Pie Vimbits, so I made a new batch right away! This time I tried a new recipe idea: Pecan Pie Vimbits! I sorta messed up the amount of nuts I meant to use, but I don’t think this will be a big problem—judging by the leftover dough, these are gonna taste great! I’m excited to see how they shape up after being in the fridge overnight (I tried using a little less coconut oil this time). Check ’em out!

Last and most certainly least, I had quite the dessert disaster today in my attempt to make Medjool Date Pecan Pie. The crust I bought swelled up while baking, the topping mixture did not mix (partly my fault for not having/using an electric mixer, partly the recipe’s fault for not specifying that I should be using an electric mixer, as the original recipe did—I found this out too late), and ultimately I don’t think flax eggs were a good substitute for real eggs this time. All in all, it was such a disaster I couldn’t even bear to take a photo of it; it was just too embarrassing and unseemly to post on the internets. I’m not even sure if the final product will be salvageable for Friday’s dinner, but I’m waiting until it’s been in the fridge overnight to make the final call. I’m really bummed, since this was going to be the highlight of our Thanksgiving desserts, but I’m sure we’ll manage something! Right, Caitlin? Right?!

Anyhoo, there’s bound to be lots of excitement in the next few days; I’ll try to post a quick photo recap of our Thanksgiving dinner sometime this weekend, and make sure to check back for Caitlin’s summary post of her entire Toronto visit!

Until we eat again,

Willie

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Mission: Get Caitlin Excited To Come Visit (Day 4)

November 25, 2009

The adventure continues…

Today’s treat was Apple Chutney (courtesy of Closet Cooking), another one of the many items that will be on the table for me and Caitlin’s belated Thanksgiving dinner this Friday! And let me know, from the few taste tests I did of this chutney, it is EX-CEL-LENT! I love all the different spices—it’s really a taste explosion (and an olfactory explosion as well, at least while I was cooking it—the whole downstairs smelled of chutney!). I’m now all the more excited for Thanksgiving.

And that’s not all, there’s more… I also picked up two new jars of nut butter today: Peanut Hazelnut Butter and Pumpkin Seed Butter! So you’ll have those to enjoy while here, as well, Caitlin! Just one more day!

Until we eat again,

Willie

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Mission: Get Caitlin Excited To Come Visit (Day 3)

November 24, 2009

Another day, another treat for Caitlin! Today’s menu item was Peanut Sesame Hummus, the most excellent hummus recipe from Dreena Burton’s excellent collection of hummus recipes in Eat, Drink & Vegan. More precisely, however, this was Macadamia Cashew Hummus, as I used macadamia cashew nut butter instead of the called-for peanut variety and left out the sesame oil since I didn’t have any. I did use lime juice for the first use that I can remember, though, and I think it makes this hummus taste even more delicious, if that’s at all possible! I leave you with some more pictures to admire (sorry, I got kind of excited at having finished a recipe while there was still natural light to shoot with)…

Only two days until Caitlin gets here!

Until we eat again,

Willie

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Mission: Get Caitlin Excited To Come Visit (Day 2)

November 23, 2009

Hi all,

Yesterday saw day two of my food preparations in anticipation of Caitlin’s Thursday arrival. Last night, I baked two different bread loafs, with moderate success. First up…

Jalapeño Cornbread! I made this little loaf using my favorite cornbread recipe, modifying it with a handful of diced jalapeño! I didn’t try this out yet, but judging from the leftover dough I tasted, this is going to be a spicy treat! It probably won’t be as good as Babycakes’ a-ma-zing jalapeño cornbread, but I hope Caitlin will like it nonetheless!

Second up…

Banana Bread! For this I used a recent recipe posted on the blog Another One Bites the Crust. I got a little discouraged while making this after I realized that I was probably supposed to be using an electric mixer, but I think I managed to make some palatable in the end. Again, I didn’t try this one either, so you’ll just have to come back and see what Caitlin’s verdict is after she tries it!

The anticipatory excitement continues tomorrow.

Until we eat again,

Willie

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Mission: Get Caitlin Excited To Come Visit (Day 1)

November 22, 2009

Happy Sunday all!

As Caitlin’s Thanksgiving visit quickly approaches (now only four days away!), I am busy taking care of lots of schoolwork and making treats in preparation for her arrival. Yesterday I prepared two such treats, and I want to share them with you all and Caitlin now so as to get Caitlin extra excited to come visit!

First up, I made some Foolproof Granola! If you check out the recipe, you’ll see that this granola has 15 different ingredients! This looked delicious even before I put it in the oven:

So Caitlin, you’ll now have a big bag of granola waiting for you when you arrive!

The second treat I made was Vegan Moon Cakes. Unfortunately, these did not come off as well as the granola (note that they’re not “foolproof” moon cakes). I’m still not exactly sure what I did wrong, either. The recipe is fairly straightforward: you use a food processor to make one adzuki bean mixture and another almond meal mixture to coat scoops of the adzuki beans. However, when I tried to whip up the almond mixture, I ended up with a solid ball of dough—not meal-y at all! So I had to improvise, and instead of making nicely coated red bean cakes, I slapped some of the almond dough together with the adzuki beans. The result is not all that pretty, but the taste is still there.

So Caitlin, maybe these cakes don’t make you all that excited to come. But don’t worry—there will be more excitements in the following days!

Until we eat again,

Willie

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Catching Up From a Hectic Week…

November 21, 2009

Hi everybody!

This week has been busy busy busy—hence my lack of posting. It also means that I haven’t been eating much blogworthy things. But I do have a few treats to share with y’all from the past week. Here are the highlights…

This little dish is sauteed broccoli rabe served over a white kidney bean puree! My mom sent me this recipe from a book she has in response to my previous request for recipes using nutritional yeast in a non-cheese-substitute-ish sort of way. In this dish, the nutritional yeast went into the puree and, thankfully, worked pretty well. This recipe also made for a lot of leftovers, which I’m still eating my way through.

I also whipped up a new batch of hummus this week! This is a slight variation on the Olive & Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus from Dreena Burton’s Eat, Drink & Be Vegan cookbook. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of olives, I decided to try this recipe because it was one of the few hummus recipes in the book I hadn’t yet tried and Dreena’s hummuses (hummi?) are all amazing. This hummus was no exception, although my lukewarm feelings toward olives make me prefer some of the book’s other recipes more.

I am also excited to report that this week, for the first time since I’ve been without my beloved rice cooker, I was able to successfully cook myself a bowl of rice! Only long time followers of this blog will appreciate what a big accomplishment this is for me.

Finally, I made some corn muffins! I used the same Recipezaar recipe I’ve used before and loved, and it was just as good in muffin form as it is as a loaf!

That’s all I have to report for now. However, as Caitlin’s Thanksgiving visit is quickly approaching, I will be making lots of exciting treats in preparation for her arrival and posting the results here! In fact, I’m going to go make some of those treats right now!

Until we eat again,

Willie

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I’m blogging!

November 18, 2009

What’s up internet?

It’s been pretty crazy ’round here since my last post. Many pages have been written and powerpoints created. But don’t worry! I have been eating plenty!

Wil Wheaton tweeted about this recipe. Specifically, he wrote”OMG OMG OMG recipe for PUNKIN OATMEAL from Cooking with Trader Joe’s (@cookingwithtj).” Though I had no punkin puree, I did have a kabocha squash and a blender. Therefore: Kabocha Oats! this recipe is ridiculously good but very, very filling. When I make it again, I will definitely be making less than my usual oat portion.

NOM.

You also may have wondered about the origins of a certain soup that Willie referenced in his last post. I mean this kabocha curry soup:

(Yes. That is his picture. All of mine were s(o)uper blurry!)

The recipe comes courtesy of Peas and Thank You! I did make some modifications: more garlic (surprise, surprise), half of an onion (because that’s how I roll), mung beans instead of red lentils (because that’s what was in my pantry) and I didn’t blend it up (because I like my soup like I like my… hm… what exactly does one want to be chunky that’s not soup?).

This soup was really great and kind of reminded me of Mulligatawny soup but a lot better seeing as I don’t really like Mulligatawny soup. So, check it out! And make it! And eat it! You will like it!

I also made these cookies from The Vegetarian Cookbook. As many a vegetarian can tell you, the most popular gift for a vegetarian is a cookbook. Though I often dread it when my mother picks up some last minute Christmas gifts in the bargain section of Barnes & Noble, I am glad she found this one. I do every so often have to change some of the details of the baked goods, either to veganize or because the recipe will call for a little too much or a little too little flour, the recipes are all around very good.

These are Orange Cream Cheese Cookies! I must admit, though, that the dark chocolate with orange zest that I decided to dip them in really made these cookies fabulous.

I also made some curry over barley. I think I will post a recipe for this eventually, because it came out rather good! It needs a little tweaking though since any good curry should make your nose run a little bit and my nose didn’t run at all while I ate this!

Last but not least: Red Wheat Bran Bread with Raisins! I know it’s quite a small loaf, but really this was supposed to be muffins and, unfortunately, I do not have a muffin tin… 😦 But, fortunately, this was still delicious.

Okay kiddos, I’m pretty sleepy for some reason and should probably head off to slumberland. Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow!

Until We Eat Again,

Caitlin

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